Organised by the FIP Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section in collaboration with the FIP Community Pharmacy Section, the FIP Hospital Pharmacy Section and the FIP Industrial Pharmacy Section
Misuse and abuse of medicines are a growing public health concern worldwide. Pharmacists are ideal healthcare professionals to mitigate the risks due to their detailed knowledge, skills and competence in medicines management. As the most accessible healthcare professional in the community, pharmacists are well positioned to provide useful approaches and awareness that include early intervention, prevention, treatment and recovery from support services. Strategies adopted may span professional, technical, ethical, logistic and personal domains. These may include efforts to reform, rebalance and address drug control policies and, highlighting public health roles of pharmacists as partners with the healthcare community and patients. Diversion and abuse of analgesic medicines such as opioids is becoming increasingly more prevalent. Unlike illegal drugs, prescription medicines include controlled and semi-controlled medicines which are often readily accessible because of their legitimate use for a range of medical purposes. Some studies suggest that most prescription drug abusers get medicines free from a friend or relative who holds a prescription, and the incidence of abuse is high among teens and young adults.
Some people may unintentionally use prescription medicines improperly by self-medicating without advice from a pharmacist or medical practitioner. Others may use prescription medicines inappropriately as a result of dependence or addiction to them.
In response, regulators and healthcare providers in collaboration with other stakeholders can set strategies and policies to restrict the use of controlled or semi-controlled medicines in order to restrict access to such medicines in an attempt to minimise and prevent potential and actual misuse and abuse. Pharmacists are often required to implement such strategies.
In this session we will elaborate on the current trend globally and differentiate between the misuse and abuse of medicines. We will explain the differences and similarities between psychological and physiological dependence, and finally, we will provide examples for successful management strategies highlighting the role of the pharmacists.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
Type of session: Knowledge-based